Under the mononym The RainBrooklyn-born Taja Cheek quickly became an acclaimed figure in New York experimental music. His performances are influenced by his interest in contemporary art history and the performance legacy of downtown New York. She is particularly interested in exploring the complex undertone of dark grief and its closeness to dark joy, using voice memos and other manipulated samples recorded in her hometown as inspiration and source.
Cheek and his band are hailed for their live magnetic show and have performed across the United States; recent performances include flagship performances at Getty and The Kitchen, festival performances as part of the Basilica Soundscape and the FORM festival, and an impromptu duet with artist Kevin Beasley as part of his solo exhibition. Kevin Beasley: A View of a Landscape at the Whitney Museum of American Art. She contributed to the music Knock down the walls, a compilation album with Honey Dijon, Empress Of and Larry Heard, created with Creative Time, artist Phil Collins and The Fortune Society. In 2018, Jace Clayton (aka DJ / rupture) invited her to participate in a new collaborative sound work as part of the exhibition Mel Chin: everywhere at the Queen’s Museum.
L’Rain’s second album, Tired, released in June 2021 via Brooklyn’s label Mexican Summer, has received critical acclaim from publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, NPR, Pitchfork, Stereogum and many more. lrain.info
Now in its eleventh season, the Bang on a Can | The Artists at Noguchi series features musicians performing an inclusive mix of music from all genres and from around the world. noguchi.org/bangonacan